Valentine’s Day…a day for flowers and chocolates, romance and surprises. But by surprises, we don’t mean surprise trips to the emergency room!

Injuries sustained on Valentine’s Day can range from ordinary accidents to unexpected nightmares. When striving to go above and beyond to make your Valentine feel special this holiday, take a second to review these common mistakes that can quickly turn your magical night into a disaster.

NON-EDIBLE ENGAGEMENT RINGS

Hiding an engagement ring in a glass of a champagne, or on top of a delectable dessert, always seems like a good idea in hindsight. But if your date is as surprised by the proposal as you hope her to be, she might not take notice of the ring until she swallows it. Chances are, waiting for the ring ‘to pass’ is not the romantic gesture anyone is looking for.

HOME COOKING NIGHTMARES

If you’re planning a home cooked meal for a relaxing night in, don’t lose your focus in the kitchen. Snipping fingers or accidentally setting a hand on a burner are common errors when rushing to impress a dinner guest. Pay attention when preparing your dinner, especially when operating the stove or sharp knives, or you could be eating your Valentine’s Day meal from the hospital vending machines.

FOOD ALLERGY DANGER

Does your date have a food allergy? You may want to check before buying or cooking anything this holiday. Every three minutes, someone goes to the emergency room due to a food allergy according to FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) and you don’t want your date to be one of them. For kids with allergies, there are plenty of fun allergy free options to celebrate the holiday at school and at home! (https://community.kidswithfoodallergies.org/blog/tips-to-safely-celebrate-valentines-day-with-food-allergies)

UNROMANTIC FLAMES

In the midst of romance, it’s not hard to forget the simple things in life. But preventing a house fire should always be at the top of your list. Turn off the stove, tend to the fireplace, and don’t forget to blow out those pesky candles before you end your night.

DRIVING AFTER TOO MANY TOASTS

As with any holiday, motorists are more likely to drink and drive on Valentine’s Day. If you want to have a carefree night without the worry of who is driving home, prepare a ride ahead using options such as Uber, Lyft, Safe Ride, taxi’s or public transportation to ensure everyone arrives home safely.

ROMANCE GONE WRONG

February is one of the highest months for ‘love’ related injuries according to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS). With many failed attempts to spice up the night, emergency rooms have seen everything: from broken bones to lacerations to burns and other unspeakable injuries. Try to be safe this holiday and if something does go wrong, don’t wait! Seek medical attention immediately.

If you’ve sustained an injury or illness this Valentine’s Day due to the negligence of another, don’t hesitate to call our winning team at Siler & Ingber, LLP. Give us a call today at 1-877-LAW-4343 or contact us online through the form below to schedule an appointment.